Chapel Sketcher's Waterside Sanctum
SAMUEL Francis Hynes was one of Cork's architects of note through the Victorian and Edwardian eras. From his offices at South Mall he sketched ecclesiastical designs, which included The Chapel of The Convent of Mercy in Bantry, the De Vesci memorial in Abbeyleix and the iconic wedding favourite St Finbarr's Oratory in Gougane Barra.
At some point the eminent draughtsman sketched out designs for his own private home, Argideen at the Marina, in Blackrock, Cork; an Edwardian semi which he completed and moved into in 1905.
It's one of only a dozen or so homes along the Marina area fronting Cork Harbour and properties rarely become available here – particularly in this condition. However, the place name may be a something of a misnomer as there isn't actually a marina at the site, but nevertheless the tree-lined avenue running along the southern bank of the River Lee from Blackrock village is regarded as one of the prettiest and most sought after enclaves in Cork.
Located only 100 yards from the slip and pier at Blackrock village, the house comes complete with its own boat dock on the River Lee.
The five-bedroom house is immaculate and has been very well maintained by its present owners.
The three main reception rooms, hallway and five bedrooms all retain original timber mouldings, fireplaces and cornices which Hynes picked out for his own dwelling.
There is a large family kitchen/dining/sunroom area towards the rear of the house to take maximum advantage of the south-facing, mature landscaped garden.
There are three large bedrooms, a study and a balcony on the first floor and two additional bedrooms on the second floor. Both floors have full bathroom facilities.
The attraction of the lazy river to the front might entice anyone to the front upper covered viewing deck which Hynes incorporated into the property to him to watch the world drift on by.
The agents are Sherry Fitzgerald Cork (021 4273041) and the price is €950,000.